Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Easy Propagation of Sedum Perennials

sedum

My Autumn Fire sedums bloom a gorgeous rosy-pink in late summer, and I wanted more of them. The bees love them, and so do I. The original plant was about $10. I was tempted to visit the garden store to buy more, but decided to do a little research first.

Thanks to Teresa’s blog, I learned how to propagate sedum perennials. You can read her original post here. She describes four different ways of propagation: water immersion, controlled pot growth, direct placement, and division. I am going to experiment with water immersion and controlled pot growth.

Step one for both methods is to get a couple cuttings. I picked some younger shoots on the edge that were about 12 inches tall. I cut the flowers off and saved them in a bowl of water. As my test, I am going to try four starts for each method to see which works best for me.

Propagating Sedum

 

For the water immersion method:

  1. I cut the initial 12 inch stems into two six inch stems.
  2. Cut the leaves from the bottom of the stem, so no leaves would be touching the water.
  3. Put the stems in water and in a sunny window.
  4. Water until roots form.

Propagating Sedum

 

For the controlled pot growth method:

  1. I cut the initial 12 inch stems into two six inch stems.
  2. Cut the leaves from the bottom of the stems, so no leaves would be touching the dirt.
  3. Put the stems in some damp potting soil in a sunny window.
  4. Water until roots form.

Propagating Sedum

 

I expect both methods will root in one to three weeks. Stay tuned for future updates! 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the nod to my blog: Teresa's Garden Song: http://chicagomastergardner.blogspot.com/

    I'm glad that some of the methods work for you. I was just thinking that it's not too late for me to get out that and get some cuttings to prop over the winter :)

    Have a great day!

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